Group buying sites like Groupon and Living Social offer thousands of amazing deals on all kinds of consumer goods and services. You can find deep discounts on everything from meals to vacations to diamond jewelry.
However, the team at Laser Eye Center agrees that one thing you should never buy on the basis of a discounted price, such as through Groupon or Living Social, is medical care — especially laser eye surgery.
You certainly wouldn’t look for a new gynecologist or heart surgeon on Groupon or Living Social; instead you would probably ask a loved one, trusted friend or your primary care doctor for a recommendation. Upon receiving recommendations, you would likely next research your options carefully to select the best choice for you.
So why would your eyes and vision deserve anything less than this type of analytical approach and research?
You Get What You Pay For
LASIK is one of the most important investments you will ever make in your eyes and vision. It is one of the only elective medical procedures in the world which invests in how YOU see and connect with your surroundings, and not how the world sees you (such as with plastic surgery, etc.). In addition to helping you achieve your best visual outcome yet, LASIK frees you from the crutch of contacts and glasses — not to mention the expense and annoyance.
In selecting a provider, there are two crucial components to LASIK surgery: namely, the surgeon experience and the technology used. Thus, when the vision correction is performed by an experienced, qualified surgeon on the back of a state-of-the-art technology platform, LASIK enables you to achieve your best vision yet, in terms of vision clarity as well as quality! What’s more, with interest-free financing plans, the most advanced LASIK procedure — Contoura all-laser LASIK — can be yours with zero dollars down and for only $59 per eye, per month. Accordingly, there is no rationale for cutting corners with laser eye surgery with the aim of saving money, as you will get what you pay for.
A practice that offers bargain-basement pricing on LASIK procedures is certainly trading off price with the quality of the procedure — be it in terms of surgeon qualification or the brand of technology used. For example, using a blade for the first step of LASIK costs a practice about $5 per eye, as opposed to an all-laser system, which costs an additional $200 per eye. However, all-laser systems are now the new standard as they offer enhanced safety and precision and accelerated healing!
In short, compromising on either experience or technology could jeopardize not only your visual outcomes, but also your ocular health. In fact, you could end up spending even more money and time to correct the results of an improperly performed surgery.
Questions to Ask a Potential LASIK Surgeon
If you are considering LASIK, you should find the absolute best practice and ensure that they are carrying the leading edge in technology. Asking a few key questions can help you find the right laser eye center to perform your LASIK procedure:
- How do you create the corneal flap?
Using a femtosecond laser instead of a microkeratome handheld blade to create the corneal flap in the first step of the procedure creates more precise and consistent flaps, thereby delivering enhanced safety and precision and faster recovery time. Moreover, the visual outcomes achieved are improved and the risk of surgical complications is significantly decreased.
At Laser Eye Center, our surgeons exclusively offer “all-laser” LASIK, having retired the previous generation of microkeratome technology altogether.
- What laser do you use?
Groundbreaking advancements have been made in the excimer laser technology space that have markedly improved visual treatment outcomes, retouch-up rates, and recovery time, as well as patient comfort. Our team believes the Alcon EX500 is the absolute best-in-class excimer laser for corneal reshaping due to its speed, accuracy and wide treatment range — and we offer this technology exclusively.
- Do you offer Contoura?
Contoura is a custom laser vision correction procedure that is redefining quality of vision in the eyecare field. Approved by the FDA about a year and a half ago, Contoura enables an extreme level of treatment personalization. The result is that 98 percent of patients that have had Contoura said they would do it again; also, in about 30 percent of cases, Contoura-treated eyes outperformed the vision achieved with contacts or lenses!
Cheaper Isn’t Always Less Expensive
Groupon is a fantastic destination for cheap eats, a discounted whale watching excursion or a deal on a set of Beats by Dre headphones. But when it comes to finding a qualified LASIK provider, you are better off finding the absolute best surgeon and technology platform that your money can buy. Your eyes and vision depend on it!
Contact Us About Your Eyecare Needs
Our dedicated team of eye care specialists is happy to discuss LASIK surgery and the related costs with you during your FREE in-person consultation. Please call or email us today to schedule your appointment as you embark on your first step towards realizing your best vision yet!